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Bagnaia MotoGP Coach Needed: Tyre Woes Hit Race



April 15th, 2024

Reigning MotoGP champion Francesco Bagnaia's title defense hit a significant snag at the Circuit of Americas, finishing a disappointing fifth after a race plagued by tyre vibrations. This setback comes after a promising start to the season, highlighting the crucial role Bagnaia MotoGP coach will play in resolving these technical issues.

Bagnaia's Race Wrecked by Tyre Vibrations

Bagnaia initially looked strong, battling for the lead with the likes of Marc Marquez and Pedro Acosta. However, the second half of the race saw a dramatic decline. While Aprilia's Maverick Vinales and KTM's Acosta pulled away, Bagnaia, the Ducati factory rider, couldn't keep pace. Even his Ducati colleagues, Enea Bastianini and Jorge Martin, on the GP24s, proved too much to handle.

The culprit behind Bagnaia's struggles? A repeat of the tyre vibration issue that hampered him in Qatar and Portugal. This forced Bagnaia into a defensive mode, prioritizing damage limitation over podium contention.

"My race started well, I felt good," Bagnaia admitted. "But then the chattering and vibrations started, making it very difficult to manage." This technical problem mirrored the difficulties he faced in the 2022 season, raising concerns about his ability to consistently challenge for the championship.

The American round wasn't kind to Ducati either. Vinales' surprise victory and Acosta's runner-up finish relegated Ducati to the role of third-best manufacturer. Saturday's sprint race mirrored these struggles, with Bastianini and Bagnaia managing only sixth and eighth, respectively.

Can Bagnaia And His MotoGP Coach Fix the Ducati Woes?

While Bagnaia acknowledged the difficulties engineers face in solving chattering issues, he highlighted the inconsistencies between his bike and those of his colleagues. "It's strange because Enea didn't have any chattering," he observed. "But today, without these problems, I could have fought for the win."

These inconsistencies add another layer of complexity for Bagnaia MotoGP coach to address. Understanding the root cause of the problem across different rider-bike combinations will be crucial in ensuring Bagnaia can consistently challenge for victories.

Currently sitting fifth in the championship, Bagnaia already trails leader Martin by a significant 30 points. However, this deficit is inflated by his non-finish in Portugal. With a strong Bagnaia MotoGP coach by his side to solve the technical gremlins, Bagnaia still has time to turn things around and reclaim his title.

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